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Equinix, Others Expand on AI Demand


By: Mary Jander

Demand for artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure is spurring a multi-billion-dollar boom in activity by leading datacenter service providers, leading to a series of joint ventures and partnerships, as well as to the use of new sustainability technologies.

For instance, recently Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) announced a partnership with NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) that will bring private AI services to enterprise customers. Equinix will host NVIDIA DGX accelerated computing infrastructure, offering companies a means of tapping into NVIDIA’s massive arrays of powerful GPUs. The goal is to let them maintain single-tenant status for security and data sovereignty.

Specifically, Equinix will furnish access to the full line of NVIDIA DGX components, including the GH200, H100, and A100 supercomputers, as well as NVIDIA SuperPOD architectural setups for datacenter as well as hyperscale deployments. Hence the service’s name: Equinix Private AI with NVIDIA DGX.

According to Equinix, the offering is a response to demand from companies clamoring for a secure means of developing their own generative AI (GenAI) solutions. “Private AI is all about enterprises being able to control their own AI infrastructure,” said Jonathan Lin, EVP and general manager, Data Center Services, at Equinix, in a video posted on his blog. “One of the big concerns we’re hearing from the enterprise is worries about data leakage and data protection and data sovereignty, or what data is actually going into the model that they’re using.”

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